Everyone struggles on where and how to start to eat healthy! Especially at a young age where most of the food that is given to you is bought and/or given to you by your parents. It’s hard to eat healthy when you’re not the gatekeeper of the “good” and “bad” food that enters your home. However, there are some ways to start changing the culture in your home. Here are a few tactics and tips to help you and (quite possibly) everyone else in your house to start eating healthy:
1. Accompany the person you go grocery shopping with. This is start to help influence the decision making where it happens with the person who makes the decisions on what everyone eats. Start to introduce fruit and veggies instead of candies and cakes.
2. Ask your parents to teach you how to cook. If you don’t know, cooking is an essential to eating healthy and, more importantly, a great life-skill a maturing adult. Preparing healthy meals will help save you from future health problems, help you grow stronger, and actually save you a lot of money. If you can get your parents on board to help you start cooking, I’m sure they’ll be glad to pass the responsibility over to you. When you begin to cook, try introducing healthier items into your usual mix of eats. Slowly introduce them to the idea of these healthier options.
3. Prepare meals in advance. Cooking every day is tough. So start planning ahead and getting cooking done for two or three days done at once. This way you don’t have to worry about being too busy to cook every day of the week. Trust, your parents will appreciate this concept.
4. Get your doctor and teachers on your side. Do this carefully so you don’t step on anyone’s toes. However, having a champion in your corner to introduce your goal of eating healthier from an outsiders view is definitely going to help. Two heads are better than one!
5. Cookbooks and food blogs! Read up on new recipes that can introduce healthy food that taste good. Healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad. It can actually taste just as good as the junk-food you’ve been chumping on. Try it!
6. Avoid temptation! Do your part to not eat the bad stuff that you want so bad. Slowly back yourself off of the fast food and the comfort food you normally eat. It’s nearly impossible to do it all at once. Try giving yourself a month and a real plan to back away from it.
Healthy eating comes with very simple habits. Take these steps to help build you a healthy foundation for the future. Nutrition is key for a long and successful life.
Meshach Cisero is HEY!'s Culinary Arts Advisor. Learn more about him here.